I play electric 3-voice solid body guitar. Here’s the way I currently have my system set up. Of course, things are always changing.
It all starts with a Godin LGXT-AAA in quilted maple blue. This guitar has three distinct outputs. It derives a regular electric guitar signal from two Seymour Duncan Custom humbucker pickups with separate windings connected to a 5-position switch, similar to a Strat. It also has 6 piezo pickups under the bridge saddles. The piezos feed a preamp with three-band EQ and volume control for an “acoustic” style output, and also connect to a 13-pin jack for the Roland synth systems. Pretty versatile!
I use the 13-pin Roland pickup plugged into a Roland VG-99.
From there it gets interesting. The guitar out goes to a Rocktron Banshee talkbox, and on to a Line6 Pod X3 Live. I take the stereo out from the X3 and pump it through a Gig-FX stereo Megawah. Stereo out there goes to a mixer.
The VG-99 stereo outs also go to the mixer. MIDI out from the VG-99 goes to a pair of Roland SC-88 sound modules, whose stereo outputs go to the mixer.
Mixer outs go to the FoH sound board, and locally to a Crown amp, which drives a pair of JBL wedge monitors.
I use a Peak FCB-4N programmable MIDI pedal to change patches on the SC-88′s. (I usually don’t have stage floor room for the Behringer FCB1010!) I also use a Roland FC-300 pedal to control the VG-99.
With this setup I can get just about ANY sound I’d ever want or need.
Why two or three sounds sources? With the X3, I get excellent sound with every nuance I throw at my playing. While the VG-99 is also excellent, there are times when I can hear it miss the nuances. Let’s face it – it’s not using the guitar’s analog audio as a signal source so it has to convert and something can be lost there. But it does have some unique features such as alternate tunings without actually tuning the guitar differently, and since it is a digital guitar modeller, it can model bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, various electric guitars, sitar, etc. So, best of both worlds, with great options and layering!